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Simply Energy Virtual Power Plant (VPP)

  • $7.70m

    ARENA Funding

  • $23.50m

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Simply Energy

    Start Date

    Jan 2017

    Project Partners

    GreenSync, SAPN, AEMO, Tesla, Flextronics

    Location

    Adelaide, South Australia

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

Simply Energy

Start Date

Jan 2017

Project Partners

GreenSync, SAPN, AEMO, Tesla, Flextronics

Location

Adelaide, South Australia

Status

Current

Summary

Simply Energy’s virtual power plant project will deliver up to 1200 Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries to Adelaide households.

This represents 6 MW of residential energy storage, while a further 2 MW of demand response capacity will be deployed across 10 commercial businesses.

How the project works

A virtual power plant is a centrally managed network of energy storage systems installed behind the meter that can be collectively controlled to deliver benefits to households and the local community.

Customers can expect better value from their renewable energy solution and the local network will have more distributed energy resources from which to draw from, which in turn improves reliability, particularly at times of peak demand and system instability.

Area of innovation

The project will develop the GreenSync decentralised energy exchange or “deX” platform to a commercial scale. The innovative deX platform will provide an energy marketplace that changes the way electricity is produced, used, stored and traded.

Benefit

Individual customers will benefit from reduced power costs as they are able to increase the amount of rooftop solar power they consume by storing the solar-generated energy and using it later when they would otherwise be consuming power from the grid. The energy storage systems are also able to provide backup power in the event of an outage.

While it is hard to be specific as everyone’s electricity consumption patterns are different, under this offer, an average customer with a 5kW solar PV system can expect to save about 40% per cent on the cost of a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery and about 20 per cent off their electricity bills.

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Contact information

Dr Greg Trainor, General Manager, Energy Solutions

greg.trainor@simplyenergy.com.au